Cinnamon Rolls, Muffins & Scones: Breakfast Pastries in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | December 1, 2014
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Getting back to work after a holiday weekend is always rough. You’ve had a few extra days off of work to relax, enjoy time with friends and family, and in this particular instance of Thanksgiving, overeat.

If you find yourself needing a little pick-me-up this morning while getting back into your routine, what better way to do so than with a little something extra to go with your morning coffee? Treat yourself with a breakfast pastry! Whether you’re craving a cinnamon roll, a muffin or a croissant, there are plenty of sugary, buttery choices to start your day in the D. Here are a few options:

Avalon International Breads, 422 W. Willis St., Detroit, has Seriously Sticky Buns that are Seriously Out of This World. You’ve got your choice of plain, currant or pecan, and there is no wrong answer with this particular question.

Additional breakfast pastry options include the Plain Brioche (it’s described as “sweeter than bread, lighter than cake”), Beaubien Blueberry Buckle (coffee cake with blueberries and streusel topping), Scones (in varieties like Sweet Cream, Cherry Walnut and Lemon Raisin) or Vegan Muffins (including Cranny Branny and Blueberry).

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Natalie’s Bakery, 31023 John R. Rd., Madison Heights, prioritizes using high quality, all natural ingredients. The old-fashioned recipes are prepared without preservatives, so what you’re eating is of the highest quality.

Try a Chocolate Croissant, Cranberry Scone, Lobster Tail or Raspberry and Cheese Danish along with your morning cup of Joe. Natalie’s Bakery is the only European-style bakery in town, and everything is baked in house daily.

Josef’s European Pastry Shop, 21150 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, has been around for over 40 years, so it’s no wonder the bakery is known for its cinnamon rolls—plenty of practice! It also helps that owners Anthony and Jimmy Cavallo are both Master Pastry Chefs.

Biscotti, breads and croissants are all available at Josef’s, and perfect for kickstarting your morning.

Rose’s Fine Food, 10551 Jefferson Ave., Detroit, is fairly new to the restaurant scene, and prides itself on producing made-from-scratch dishes with quality and locally produced ingredients. When it comes to breakfast pastries, Rose’s produces a variety of signature baked goods and breads daily using organic ingredients, such as freshly milled flour from Linden, Michigan.

One of those signature breakfast pastries are the Apple-Cinnamon Naughty Buns, which is a heavenly cinnamon roll/coffee cake type combination that you’ll no longer be able to live your life without.

Pastry Peddler Bakery & Café, 619 Packard, Ann Arbor, is a popular joint for University of Michigan students, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a hot spot for those of you who work in Washtenaw County, too.

The breakfast pastry menu includes everything from French pastries to muffins to bear claws. Try a Hearty Whole Wheat Muffin, Vanilla Cinnamon Scone, Pecan Sticky Bun, Blueberry Danish, Chocolate Croissant or Apple Pillow Puff.

Good Cakes and Bakes, 19363 Livernois Ave., Detroit, is a local bakery that produces handmade, organic baked goods. Take your pick of a variety of delicious breakfast treats, including jumbo muffins in flavors like Blueberry, Raspberry-Oat, Orange-Ginger, Chocolate Chip and Apple-Cinnamon-Raisin. Purchase a 12 pack and your co-workers will love you a little bit more this week!

Sweet Breads, also known as cinnamon rolls, are covered with light icing and loaded with butter, making them extra flaky. Apple Cinnamon Rolls, Vegan Coffee Cakes and Breakfast Breads in flavors like Banana-Nut, Lemon-Blueberry, Carrot-Walnut and Orange-Ginger are also available.

It’s certainly not a foolproof method, but a little jolt of sugar first thing in the morning just may be the thing you need to kick yourself into gear this Monday morning. And hey, if it doesn’t help get you back into the swing of things at the office, at least you got a tasty breakfast pastry out of the deal. Have a great week, Metro Detroiters!